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The Dunihue mss., 1821-1899, are papers of Alexander H. Dunihue, 1807-1891, merchant of Bedford, Ind., and his brother, Daniel R. Dunihue, c. 1809- , cashier of Bedford branch of the Indiana state bank and operator of a summer resort at Indian Springs, eighteen miles west of Bedford. Alexander H. and Daniel R. Dunihue were the sons of Daniel Dunihue, 1769-1850, and Abigail (Poole) Dunihue.

Career of Alexander H. Dunihue: born, 1807, Marietta, Ohio; educated chiefly at Livonia, Ind.; went to Bedford, Ind., in 1826; clerk in store of Samuel F. Irwin and Isaac Stewart, and from 1830 to 1834 in that of William McLane, 1788-1873, merchant, banker, and farmer; became McLane's junior partner, 1834; in 1836 married Ann McLane, 1817- , daughter of William McLane; McLane moved to Texas, 1856, and sold his interest in the store to Robert Kelly; in 1870 firm name became Alexander H. Dunihue and son, the son's name being William.

Daniel R. Dunihue, c. 1809- , was a citizen of Bedford, Ind., for many years. In 1832 he served under his uncle, Col. James B. Gardiner, Ohio editor and printer, in the removal of the Ohio Indians beyond the Mississippi River. In 1839, he married his cousin, Caroline L. Gardiner, 1815-1877. Harriet Eliza Gardiner, -1888, another daughter of Col. Gardiner, became the wife of Richard Wigginton Thompson, 1809-1900, lawyer, U.S. congressman, and secretary of navy in the Hayes administration.

The Dunihue mss. are principally family letters. They include correspondence between Alexander H. Dunihue; Daniel R. Dunihue; their sister, Mary Ann Sophia Dunihue; their parents; their uncles, James B. Gardiner and Guy W. Poole; their cousins, Caroline L. Gardiner, Lucy M. Gardiner, and Harriet Eliza Gardiner; William McLane; and Richard Wigginton Thompson. Also included are Alexander H. Dunihue's undated reminiscences of early days in Bedford, Ind., and letters of such friends, business associates, etc. as T.H. Biggs, L. Brooks, M.S. Coffin, George Grundy Dunn, George Gibson, Louis Antoine Godey, George Lyman, J.G.B. Mayer, Benjamin Newland, D. P. Porter, Daniel Darwin Pratt, J.M. Rawlins, William B. Slaughter, and D. M. Workman.

In addition to family news the letters deal with the removal of the Ohio Indians to lands beyond the Mississippi River; prices of merchandise in New Orleans, La., and Vicksburg, Miss.; the Bedford branch of the Indiana state bank; and the New Albany and Salem Railroad.

All letters in the collection dated March 27-November 8, 1832, have been printed, with omission of some passages, in "Removal of Indians from Ohio. Dunihue correspondence of 1832," Indiana magazine of history, XXXV:408-26, December 1939, except a letter of November 6, 1832, from Harriet Eliza Gardiner (later Mrs. Richard Wigginton Thompson) to Alexander H. Dunihue. The collection has also been used and quoted from in Charles Roll's Colonel Dick Thompson...(Indianapolis, 1948), and in Virginia Hogan Toole's "Pioneer Lawrence county," M.A. thesis, Indiana university, August 1944.

Typewritten transcripts of many of the letters and a folder of biographical material on members of the Dunihue family are filed with the collection. A folder of oversize papers is in a folio case.

Collection size: 106 items

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